BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack have made their final cuts and made them official on Monday. Some will be elated at their getting an AHL job while others are less enthusiastic with their hard work coming up short.
But given how things go with the NHL waiver wire, and then of course there are the potential trades, anything at all could still happen to the lineup prior to Saturday night’s home opener against the St. John’s IceCaps.
The official cuts according to the team are as follows:
Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (1): Michael Kantor
Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (1): Kodie Curran
Released from training camp tryout and joining Utah (ECHL):
Forwards (1): Alex Krushelnyski
Released from training camp tryout:
Defensemen (1): Brett Bellemore
Krushelnyski, Curran, and Kantor all played very well and probably in years past might have taken that last spot or two with a contract in hand, but roster space and contract numbers were tight within the Rangers’ organization. There is a good chance these players will be first recalls when a roster change occurs.
This leaves the roster for the game against the Ice Caps and their new affiliation the Montreal Canadians as follows:
Goal (2): Magnus Hellberg, Jeff Malcolm
Defense (8): Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Raphael Diaz, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Chris Summers, Petr Zamorsky
Forwards (12): Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Tyler Brown, Brian Gibbons, Marek Hrivik, Jayson Megna, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Adam Tambellini
The Pack will start the 20156- 2016 season with the following players beginning on the injured list. They are:
- Cedrick Desjardins (knee)
- Mat Linblad (back)
- Nick Tarnasky (irregular heartbeat)
- Mackenzie Skapski (hip)
Among those with Connecticut or Wolf Pack connection who were cut from AHL Training camps include the following:
Chicago – D Mike Vernace (CT Whale) released
Hershey – Aaron Ness (BST)
Lehigh Valley – G Jason LaBarbera (Wolf Pack), Andrew MacDonald (BST) and Colin McDonald (Wethersfield/Sound Tigers)
San Jose – Micheal Haley (Wolf Pack/Sound Tigers), Jeremy Langlois (Quinnipiac University) and Gus Young (Yale University).
Utica – Alex Biega (Salisbury Prep)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – Tim Erixon (CT Whale/Wolf Pack/son of ex-Ranger Jan)
The Islanders grabbed a top flight AHL goalie for the Sound Tigers signing Jean-Francois (J.F.) Berube who won the Calder Cup with the Manchester Monarchs last spring. An injury left Berube out of the finals, however.
Now that AHL camps have ended, the ECHL camps get under way. Some of the names showing up on their rosters are surprising.
Adirondack – C.J. Chartain (Salisbury Prep), Luke Curadi (Cheshire/ND-WH (CTPUB)/Hartford (ATJHL), Stefano Momesso (HWP camp cut) and Jeff Silengo (Madison/South Kent Prep).
Alaska – Mitch Jones (son of Nighthawk Brad)
Allen (Texas) Americans – Justin Courtnall (BST) and Danny Federico (Quinnipiac University)
Brampton – Scott Howes (BST), Guy LeBouef (BST), Yannick Riendeau (BST) and Steve Tarasuk (BST).
Elmira – Chris Langkow (BST) and C.J. Motte (BST).
Florida – Mike Cornerll (BST) and Mike Nemec (BST).
Ft. Wayne – P.J. Fenton (son former Whaler/Nighthawk Paul), Drew Daniels (Kent Prep), Jordan Sims (UCONN/son of former Whaler-Nighthawk Al)
Idaho – Andrew Carroll (HWP), Mark Louis (BST), and Quinn Smith Fairfield/Avon Old Farms)
Indianapolis – Kevin Quick (Salisbury Prep)
Manchester – Dmitry Antipin (BST) and Joey Diamond (BST)
Missouri – Wes Cunningham (BST), Connor and Kellen Jones (Quinnipiac University) and Jason Missiaen (HWP).
Norfolk – Greg Chase (nephew ex-Whaler Kelly), Jordan hill (BST) and Mike Pelech (HWP).
Orlando – Scott Tanski (HWP)
Quad City – Vladimir Nikiforov (BST)
Rapid City – Kale Kerbashian (HWP)
Reading – Nick Luukko (Salisbury Prep) and Mike Pereira (West Haven/ND-WH/Avon Old Farms).
South Carolina – Derek DeBlois (Hotchkiss Prep) and Trevor Gillies (HWP/BST).
Toledo – Tommy Fallen (Yale University), Jared Nightingale (HWP), and Scott Spinnell (HWP)
Tulsa – Andy Iles (Salisbury Prep), Mathieu Gagnon (BST), Nathan Lutz (New Haven Senators) and Brandon Wong (HWP/Quinnipiac University).
Utah – Ryan Walters (BST)
Wheeling – Tyler Fernandez (Bloomfield) and Gentry Zollars (DW).
*BST-Bridgeport Sound Tigers, DW-Danbury Whalers and HWP-Hartford Wolf Pack
Brian O’ Neill (Yale University) last season AHL regular season MVP was traded by Los Angeles to New Jersey for a 7th round draft pick.
Two sons of ex-Whalers are on the move. Mason Marchment, son of Bryan was traded by Erie (OHL) to Hamilton (OHL) with a 4th round pick for Hamilton’s 3rd round (acquired from Sarnia) and 9th round pick (acquired from Saginaw) in the 2016 OHL Priority Draft.
On the move in a few years is the youngest Samuelsson boy, Adam. He is the son of course of Ulf Samuelsson, a former Whaler great, an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack and Avon Old Farms prep school, and of course, he’s the current Rangers assistant coach. Currently, Adam Samuelsson at age 15 is with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers U-16 team in the USPHL U16 league and already is 6’3 195 lbs. has made an oral commitment to Boston College (HE) for 2018-19 where his other brother Phillip played.
Drake Rymsha, son of ex-Nighthawk Andy was traded from London (OHL) to Ottawa (OHL).
Four more AHL’ers from last year have signed European deals. The group is led by ex-Pack Joey Crabb who signed with Vaxjo HC (Sweden-SHL). Devin Setgouchi goes from Adirondack to HC Davos (Switzerland-LNA), Philippe Cornet of Hershey to Stavanger (Norway-NEL) and Scott Valentine of Texas with Krefeld (Germany-DEL). That brings the AHL signed overseas list to 80.
Ex-Pack Bryan Rodney signs with HC Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic-CEL).
Please keep one of the Wolf Pack goalie judges, Jim McCaffrey, who is currently battling prostate cancer, in your thoughts. Our best wishes go out to him for a speedy recovery.